Shiffrin builds lead in slalom 1st run at World Cup finals

Updated Mar. 4, 2020 9:24 p.m. ET

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States built a significant lead in the opening run of women's slalom on Saturday at the season-ending World Cup finals.

The Olympic champion leads Nastasia Noens of France by 0.72 seconds. Swiss skier Wendy Holdener is third, a second behind Shiffrin.

Frida Hansdotter of Sweden, who clinched the World Cup slalom title earlier this month with a race to spare, has 1.26 to make up in the second run.

Shiffrin is unbeaten in slalom racing since February 2015, but missed five races during a two-month injury layoff and couldn't capture a fourth successive crystal globe in the discipline.

The 21-year-old Shiffrin has 18 slalom wins in total and just needs one more to surpass Sweden's Anja Parson for fifth place among women.